Starting in August, 2015, there will be new vaccination requirements for child care providers that are licensed by the Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF). Please see the new requirements in English and Spanish.


DCYF is currently conducting assessments of the physical space in licensed child care centers to determine total licensed capacity and to identify any facility issues that require modification in order to meet the 2013 DCYF Child Care Program Standards for Licensure. A DCYF letter clarifies that licensed capacity is determined per regulation based on usable square feet, maximum group size, and available numbers of toilets and sinks.

Programs may request a time-limited variance to achieve compliance with regulations.

A variety of resources for program quality improvement are available, including some resources for facilities improvement. The state will have additional resources for facility improvements soon. The Rhode Island Department of Education has posted a Request for Proposals to identify a qualified vendor that can develop professional development resources, provide specialized assessment and technical assistance, and issue program improvement grants specific to improving early learning facilities. Proposals are due on Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

 Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment Report to the Community
July 2014
This report details the findings of the Rhode Island Early Learning Facility Needs Assessment conducted by LISC’s Rhode Island Child Care Facilities Fund (RICCFF) from January through May 2014. The report includes detailed information regarding the overall condition of Rhode Island early learning facilities with a particular focus on issues that may present barriers to meeting and maintaining licensing standards, including group size.

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